Oct. 13, 2011
The Lobos (0-5) return to action Saturday as they travel to Reno, Nev., to face Nevada (2-3). UNM is coming off the first of two bye weeks on the season. The teams agreed to a home-and-home series when they squared off in the 2007 New Mexico Bowl. The second game was to be in 2015, but the Lobos and Wolf Pack will play every season beginning next year as members of the Mountain West.
Live streaming of the game will be available at www.NevadaWolfPack.com; play-by-play announcer Scott Galetti and analyst Greg Remington will have the call on 770 KKOB-AM.
New Mexico is showing signs of life offensively after scoring 73 points in its last two games, but the struggles continued for the UNM defense in a 42-28 loss to in-state rival New Mexico State on Oct. 1. The Lobos lost their third straight to the Aggies for the first time since a three-game slide from 1966-68.
Since taking over as quarterback late in the second half of the Sept. 24 game vs. Sam Houston State, junior B.R. Holbrook has ignited an offense that averaged just 8.7 points in its first three games. Holbrook has engineered seven touchdown drives in UNM's last 78-plus minutes of football, including the start against NMSU. Holbrook is 41-of-66 for 554 yards with three TDs and one interception during that span.
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Deon Long leads a dangerous wide receiver group against the Wolf Pack. Long set school and Mountain West records with 378 all-purpose yards against Sam Houston State, scoring four TDs (three receiving and one kickoff). The yardage also ranks as the highest this season in college football. Long has 808 all-purpose yards in his last three games. Senior Ty Kirk has 24 receptions for 217 yards in UNM's last two games, and junior Lamaar Thomas returned from a back injury to catch two passes for 62 yards and a TD against NMSU.
Nevada had a strong showing against in-state rival UNLV in last weekend's 37- 0 victory in Reno. The Wolf Pack had a 699-110 edge in total yards vs. the Rebels. UNLV quarterback Caleb Herring went 1-for-14 for 8 yards and one interception, and was sacked five times.
Saturday's game is UNM's last non-conference contest of the season. The Lobos re-enter Mountain West play on Oct. 22 at TCU.